Beauty and the Beast (talk show)
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|Beauty and the Beast|
Seven Network series:
Ten Network series:
Ten & Foxtel series:
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||21|
|No. of episodes||2,000+|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||Seven Network (1964-1973; 1982)|
Network Ten (1982-1983; 1996-2002)
|Picture format||Black & White (1964-1973)|
PAL (1982-1983; 1996-2000)
576i (SDTV) (2001-2002; 2005-2007)
|Audio format||Mono (1964-1973)|
|Original release||1964-1973; 1982-1983; 1996-2002; 2005 –|
Viewers write in asking for advice about personal problems such as family squabbles, questions of social etiquette, marriage problems, contraception, work or career problems. The host of the program - usually an intentionally brusque and outspoken older male - presents each viewer question in turn and a panel of female celebrities provide their advice on the problem and the panel discusses the problem and the advice given offering opinions and views.
First run: Original version
The first version began in 1964 on the Seven Network with host Eric Baume as the "Beast". Baume was later replaced by presenters including Stuart Wagstaff (1966-1968), Noel Ferrier (1969), John Laws (1970), and Rex Mossop (1971-1973).
Second run: 1982 versions
In 1982, the format was revived, with two rival versions, both carrying the same title, appearing on different networks. Network Ten's version had John Laws back as host, later replaced by Clive Robertson, whilst the Seven Network version was hosted by Derryn Hinch.
Third run: Network Ten and Foxtel-produced version
Network Ten along with FX aired the final episode in 2002. Doug Mulray, who hosted the 2002 series announced that the show was not returning after 7 years.
Fourth run: Foxtel-produced version
The series returned to W exclusively in 2005 after a 3-year hiatus with Stan Zemanek. Beauty and the Beast aired the final episode on W in early July 2007, plus it was not materialized the series' 2008 and it was no longer in production due to the death of Stan Zemanek.
After the show
After the end of the series, the beast host Stan Zemanek died of brain cancer (in his sleep in the early hours) on 12 July 2007. His funeral open to the public was held on 17 July 2007 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in North Sydney followed by a private cremation.
Former Wheel of Fortune hostess Adriana Xenides dies in Liverpool Hospital in Sydney from a ruptured intestine on 7 June 2010. Xendies had been admitted to hospital days earlier suffering from a stomach ailment.
In June 2013, Maureen Duval a beauty panelist of the daytime panel show has died in hospital from an ongoing illness. She was saying their goodbyes by family and friends at a private funeral at North Sydney's St Mary's Catholic Church on 3 July.
In addition, Former beauty Ita Buttrose hosted morning program Studio 10 two mornings a week for the station alongside Joe Hildebrand, Sarah Harris, Denise Drysdale and Jessica Rowe, premiered in late 2013 on Network Ten. But in 2016, Buttrose reduce her appearances on the program to just twice a week to spend more time with her grandchildren.
Charlotte Dawson found dead by suicide in her Woolloomooloo home on 22 February 2014. A real estate agent found her body when he arrived to inspect the property ahead of its auction. Police were called and confirmed her death at 11:18 am; there were no suspicious circumstances to the death. Her friends were reportedly concerned when she had not updated her Twitter or Instagram accounts in the previous 19 hours.
Sports personality Rebecca Wilson died at her family home in Sydney on 7 October 2016 from breast cancer. Her death was announced that morning by her friend and radio broadcaster Alan Jones who subsequently wrote an obituary in The Australian. Her death came as a shock to many people around her because she had kept her diagnosis a secret. Her funeral was held at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney on 14 October 2016.
In February 2019, Pauline Hanson was accused of sexually harassing fellow Senator Brian Burston. He claimed that Hanson "rubbed her fingers up my spine" in an incident that occurred in 1998, and propositioned him after he was elected in 2016. Hanson has denied the claims of sexual harassment.
Beauty panelist Jeanne Little died on 7 November 2020 at the age of 82, 9 years after her retirement.
Notable female panelists
Other notable panelists on the latter versions included Tracey Bevan, Ann-Maree Biggar, Diana Bowring, Ita Buttrose, Shelley Sykes, Barbara Rogers, Carlotta, Jo Casamento, Angela Catterns, Dita Cobb, Beccy Cole, Alyssa-Jane Cook, Louise Crawford, Clio Cresswell, Elaine Davies, Charlotte Dawson, Delilah, Penne Dennison, Anne Deveson, Miranda Devine, Claire Dunne, Maureen Duval, Susie Elelman, Diana 'Bubbles' Fisher, Lisa Forrest, Rachel Friend, Antonella Gambotto-Burke, Chelsea Gibb, Cleo Glyde, Tottie Goldsmith, Libbi Gorr, Belinda Green, Johanna Griggs, Donna Gubbay, Rose Hancock-Porteous, Pauline Hanson, Ena Harwood, Louisa Hatfield, Fiona Horne, Christa Hughes, Frida Irving, Shauna Jensen, Leigh Johnson, Gretel Killeen, Renae Leith, Rebecca Le Tourneau, Jeanne Little, Rachael Lloyd, Jackie Loeb, Prue MacSween, Gillian Minervini, Carol Moores, Julia Morris, Jan Murray (with whom Stan had an ongoing battle), Ali Mutch, Indira Naidoo, Judy Nunn, Lisa Oldfield, Cindy Pan, Jacqueline Pascarl, Carmelle Pavann, Dr Patricia Petersen, Diana Rodger, Kristine Stanley, Heather Turland, Rowena Wallace, Lisa Wilkinson, Sally Williams, Rebecca Wilson, Adriana Xenides, and Tania Zaetta.
New Zealand version
The Beauty and the Beast format was adopted by Television New Zealand as an afternoon television series. It was filmed in the Dunedin studios from 1976 to 1985. The show was directed by Lorraine Isaacs, and featured Selwyn Toogood as the host with a four-woman panel. Notable panelists included Shona McFarlane, Catherine Tizard (later Governor-General), and Johnny Frisbie. The show occasionally featured male panelists such as art-dealer Trevor Plumbly.
- Leave it to the Girls - 1957 series with similar format, and which also occasionally featured Eric Baume.
- Outnumbered - American series with similar format